5 posts tagged "Audrey Hepburn"
These days, you’re nobody unless Google decides to honor you on its home page. And this morning, the tech company gave Edith Head its stamp of approval. Today would have been the Hollywood costume designer’s 116th birthday, so Google posted an illustration of the legend posing in front of six of her iconic looks. Spanning fifty-four years, the costumer’s career saw her create outfits for stars like Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday and Funny Face, Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun, and Tippi Hedren in The Birds, among many more. Her work at Paramount and Universal Studios earned her thirty-five nominations from the Academy and eight Oscars for Best Costume Design. She died in 1981 at the age of 83, having left a glamorous and indelible mark on Hollywood fashion.
Madonna Designs For An Older Material Girl, Terry Richardson’s Mom & Dad, Audrey Hepburn’s Oscar Dress On The Chopping Block, And More…
Truth or Dare? It’s true, that’s the name of Madonna’s new lifestyle brand launching in 2012. The Truth or Dare by Madonna line, aimed at an older customer (women ages 27 to 50) than the junior market targeted for Material Girl, will debut with a fragrance, followed by accessories. [WWD]
Photographer Terry Richardson’s parents divorced when he was 4, but for a short time, he’s bringing them back together. On November 11, his photo exhibition Mom & Dad, featuring Richardson family photos, opens at Half Gallery in New York. [Hint]
J.Crew has joined forces with Tourneau to create “a limited-edition watch based on a cache of sketches from the brand’s archives and some details requested by the retailer.” The watch will be sold in the J.Crew men’s stores and online for $425. [WWD]
At the end of the month, the lace gown that Audrey Hepburn wore to accept her Best Actress Oscar for Roman Holiday will go up for auction. The dress was made from a costume created for Hepburn by Edith Head. [Telegraph]
When Kerry Taylor previewed her Audrey Hepburn auction in Paris, 2,000 people showed up, including Hubert de Givenchy, who’d designed most of the dresses on display. Taylor introduced a little crowd control for Monday’s London preview—you had to buy a £10 catalog before you got in the door—but if the turnout was substantially smaller, it was just as avid. No surprises there: Given Hepburn’s unimpeachable style icon status, who could resist the opportunity to own the black cloque silk dress she wore in Paris When It Sizzles, or the Chantilly lace cocktail dress from How to Steal a Million (minus, unfortunately, the lace mask that accompanied it in the film), or a ravishing organza evening gown, embroidered with blue floral sprays? With its estimate of £4,000-6,000, this last item seemed a snip, though Taylor optimistically insisted her conservative pricing would invariably be blown out of the water during Tuesday’s auction.
It’s inevitable when you’re contemplating the wardrobe of a woman like Hepburn that a dozen poignant intimacies rear their tiny little heads. She was wearing the Elizabeth Arden cocktail dress—absolutely flawless after nearly 60 years—when she met her first husband, Mel Ferrer, at a party for her breakthrough film Roman Holiday in London in 1952. The ivory satin wedding dress, also from 1952, was designed by the Fontana sisters for what would have been her first wedding, to James (later Lord) Hanson. After she called it off, she instructed the Fontanas to pass the dress on to “someone who couldn’t ever afford a dress like mine, the most beautiful, poor Italian girl you can find.” A gown in printed summer crepe, which Hepburn may have bought when she was filming Breakfast at Tiffany’s, had tiny cigarette burns, a reminder of a lifelong bad habit. “Buy a dress like that and you become part of its story,” vintage guru Steven Philip of Rellik murmured. He was also taken by the other lots in Taylor’s auction, which include a collection of proto-supermodel Marie Helvin’s Oldfields, Ossies, Prices, and Alaïas from the eighties; a rare and precious handful of Bill Gibb’s spectacular knitwear from the seventies; and some evening dresses by the likes of Balenciaga and Paquin, which backed up Philip’s claim that what people are looking for in vintage now is proper knock-down, drag-out glamour. Eyeballing a luscious Madame Grès in turquoise chiffon, he said, “No one knows how to do it properly now, so you have to go back to the past.”
Laura and Kate Mulleavy are filling Colette with Living Dead Dolls. Don’t even feign surprise. [NYT]
There’s still no word on a successor at Maison Martin Margiela, though rumor has it the mysterious designer himself approached Raf Simons to be his anonymous heir. [Vogue U.K.]
Speaking of rumors, remember the one that had Alber Elbaz taking the reins at Chanel? It’s still smoking, while we try to spot the fire. [Vogue U.K.]
Bags by Binns? It’s not too good to be true. The jeweler is expanding his accessory reach with the launch this spring of white leather bags covered in studs, in three sizes and prices, from $650 to $1,850. [WWD]
Victoria’s Secret model Miranda Kerr pronounces her casting with Nicolas Ghesquière and Balenciaga stylist Marie-Amelie Sauve a “total unexpected surprise.” Us too, Miranda, us too. [Models.com]
Audrey Hepburn’s clothes are up for grabs this December at the Royal Opera Arcade in London. The auction lot includes Givenchy cocktail dresses, original Valentino designs, and lots of super-chic accessories. Gamine sensibility and clothes-hanger frame not included. [Telegraph]
Maybe the St. Lucia sun melted her cares away, but Amy Winehouse showed up for court in London yesterday looking a bit, well, unkempt in an ill-fitting Roland Mouret-knockoff suit, dirty ballet flats, and a ragged ‘do. Maybe that’s not so surprising, but the question is: What’s appropriate court attire? We’ve seen Michael Jackson, may he rest in peace, in pajamas and Courtney Love looking like she picked up the first things she found on the floor. Then there was Nicole Richie channeling Audrey Hepburn in an L.B.D., Jackie O shades, and Louboutin pumps facing DUI charges in 2007. Our favorite has to be Winona Ryder. Her ladylike Marc Jacobs dresses, prim cardigans, and cute headbands could very well have contributed to that not-guilty verdict. Any others we’re missing?